According to one education professor at Auburn University, studies show that 25% of all new jobs in the ag sector will be tied to drone technology. This opens the door to a wide array of jobs including pilots, maintainers, data analysts, software programmers, designers, engineers and more.
Dennis Watson, an agriculture professor at Southern Illinois University, discussed some of the practical applications for drones on farms. “Seed sales people want to fly over test plots to inspect them. Also, third-party services may utilize the data to recommend fertilizer application and precision ag.” Drones also allow farm managers to scout farm facilities remotely to identify needed repairs, or pinpoint crop areas that may be affected by disease.
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